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Faculty Information

Faculty Contact Information

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Department Chairperson Dr. Maria Harjes BioTech Room 323 341-4290
Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education Dr. Edward Leonard BioTech Room 123 341-4280
Adjunct Instructor Ms. Jacqueline Davis BioTech Room 103 341-4291
Adjunct Instructor Mrs. Carla Lehmann-Terwilleger BioTech Room 103 341-4291
Clinical Liaison for Clinical Education Mrs. Lori Beresheim BioTech Room 123 341-4280
Department Secretary Mrs. Margaret Boyle BioTech Room 326 341-4291
Office Fax     341-4799

Faculty/Staff Biographies

Dr. Maria Harjes (Chair)

Dr. Maria Harjes

Dr. Maria Harjes, ChairpersonMaria graduated from Quinnipiac University in 1987 with a B.S. degree in Physical Therapy and a declared minor in psychology. In January 2006, she completed her doctorate in physical therapy from Boston University. Maria's clinical experience includes direct patient care in acute care hospital settings, outpatient clinics, sub-acute rehabilitation, long term nursing home care and home care. Administratively, she has served as physical therapy director, center coordinator of clinical education, and coordinator of physical therapy to various local facilities.

Maria began her career at Orange County Community College in March 2006 as department chair and faculty. Her teaching history includes involvement in each of the core courses as either a primary instructor or co-teaching within courses and during laboratory experiences. She is presently a professor and enjoys teaching PTA 1, Medical Conditions for the PTA, Introduction to Physical Therapy, PTA 4, and Contemporary Practice for the PTA. Maria maintains her clinical competency through continuing education coursework which includes but is not limited to courses pertaining to course content she instructs.

Dr. Edward Leonard

Dr. Edward Leonard

Ed LeonardEd graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University in 1998 with a B.S./M.P.S. degree in Physical Therapy and completed his transitional doctorate in Physical Therapy from SUNY Upstate Medical University in August 2012. In 1994, he graduated from Cornell University with a BS degree with Honors in Nutritional Sciences and a minor in Exercise Science from Ithaca College. Ed's clinical experience includes direct patient care in acute care hospital settings, out-patient clinics, acute/sub-acute rehabilitation, assistive living/long term nursing facilities and home care. Administratively, he has served as rehabilitation supervisor/director and center coordinator of clinical education in various Rockland and Orange county facilities.

Ed began his career at Orange County Community College in January 2002 as an adjunct instructor teaching Myology for the Massage Therapy department. In August 2010 he became the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education. He is presently an associate professor and teaches Introduction to Physical Therapy, Contemporary Practice for the PTA and co-laboratory instructor for Tests & Measurements Skills for the PTA.  At home, Ed is married with 3 children and 2 dogs. In addition, he maintains his clinical experience by providing services for geriatric home bound patients.

Jacqueline Davis

Ms. Jacqueline Davis

Adjunct Instructor Jacqueline DavisJacqueline graduated from Hunter College in 1980 with a B.S degree in Physical Education and a concentration in the rehabilitation of sports injuries. Jacqueline returned to higher education to pursue her A.A.S. degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant and graduated from Orange County Community College in 2015. Her clinical experience includes direct patient care in acute care, acute rehabilitation, and within the outpatient clinic in the hospital setting.

Jacqueline is a Credentialed Clinical Instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association. She serves as a clinical instructor in the acute care hospital setting and is presently an adjunct instructor to the college. She enjoys teaching Kinesiology and PTA III (Therapeutic Exercise for the PTA). Jacqueline maintains her clinical experience providing acute care and acute rehabilitation services at Orange Regional Medical Center.

Carla Lehmann-Terwilleger

Carla Lehmann-TerwillegerCarla graduated from Orange County Community College with an A.A.S. in Physical Therapist Assisting in 1990. She has worked as a PTA in NY and CA. Carla's clinical experience includes cardiac rehabilitation, outpatient/orthopedics, inpatient/acute care, acute and sub-acute rehabilitation, and pediatrics/early intervention.  Carla maintains her clinical skills currently, by working in home care, providing per diem services to a local outpatient practice, as well as through continuing education courses.

Carla returned to SUNY Orange in 2018 as an instructor and teaches PTA I and PTA II. She is also a registered yoga teacher (RYT-500) and enjoys teaching Yoga to people of all ages. Carla is married with 3 children and twin grandchildren. She enjoys being in nature, especially while hiking or kayaking.

 Lori Beresheim

Lori Beresheim

Lore BeresheimLori graduated from the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Maria College in 1982. She began her career working in the hospital and nursing home settings. Since 1984, until present, Lori has worked with developmentally delayed children and adults in a center based program. She also provides per diem services in a sub-acute rehabilitation center and in home health care.

Lori is presently an adjunct instructor to the college performing clinical site visits for the PTA students as a Clinical Liaison to the courses Clinical Education 1 and Clinical Education 2.

 Margaret Boyle

 Margaret Boyle

Margaret Boyle, secretaryPeggy has been department secretary for both the Physical Therapist Assistant Program (which included the Massage Program for several years) and the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program since 1991.

She effectively and efficiently handles the daily tasks of typing memos/course outlines/student handouts, making and receiving telephone calls, retrieving data, processing orders, processing for clinical contracts, setting up meeting times/locations,.....the list is endless.....not to mention those weekly, monthly, and annual tasks as well. She has been instrumental in preparing two accreditation reports over the years which is monumental in and of itself.

Peggy is so appreciated by both faculty and students who benefit by her positive attitude and on-going encouragement!